Tralee Parnells To Send Team To Féile Competition For First Time

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The Under 14 Féile team with coach Ollie Broughton, Dermot Reen, Micheál Cassidy and Jimmy Litchfield. Photo by Dermot Crean

IT’S an exciting time for Tralee Parnells hurling and camogie club as they will have an Under 14 team in the Féile competition for the first time this year.

The club was only formed five years ago but has grown to boast a healthy membership with some very skilful players who will travel to Carlow next month.

However, it didn’t look likely that the club would have any representative in the competition at the start of the year.

“It’s truly been an amazing year because at the start we didn’t think we’d have an Under 14 team,” said Chairman of the club, Dermot Reen, speaking at a training session on Friday evening where ProPlan Property Management were renewing their sponsorship with the club.

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“At the start of the year, in our first two matches, we only had 10 players on the field. I said to the players ‘it’s your team, ye know the players so it’s up to you to get them’. Bit by bit, they began to turn up and on the first morning of the Féile qualifiers, we had the 13 to start. Something happened that day and they clicked. They played out of their skins and won three matches. After that the whole thing has snowballed and fellas who played years ago have turned up again and we have 22 lads on the panel,” said Dermot.

“It’s a marvellous achievement, our first time ever getting through, and there’s total excitement among the players and their families,” said Dermot.

Rory Kerins (second left) of ProPlan Property Management with, from left; David Brick, Giles O’Grady, Suzanne Chute, Anna Chute, Chairman Dermot Reen and Seamus Cadogan, at the announcement of the renewal of their sponsorship of Tralee Parnells. Photo by Dermot Crean

ProPlan Property Management were delighted to renew their sponsorship with the club.

“We are delighted to be associated with such a fantastic club, who have done amazing work for the development of hurling for both boys and girls in the Tralee area,” said Rory Kerins of ProPlan.

Also in attendance was Giles O’Grady, former Kerry hurler and current Kerins O’Rahillys senior team member.

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